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I'm Lystrialle and I'm a folk/neofolk producer who uses :vocalo_v5: and sometimes :utau: (but really, I'm up for anything)!

I mostly make songs in English, often with and , and I also put out an album earlier this year!

And here's the most recent song I posted:

Oh, I guess I'm also a web admin for VocaLounge now 😊

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Current household

:vocalo_v5: Amy, Chris, Kaori, Ken, VY1, VY2, Cyber Diva, CYBER Songman
:vocalo_v4: VY1, Kagamine Rin/Len (Japanese/English), Nekomura Iroha (Natural/Soft), Ruby, Dex, Daina, UNI
:vocalo_v3: VY1, Mew, VY2, Avanna, Merli, MAYU, MEIKO, KAITO, SeeU
:vocalo_v1: MIRIAM, KAITO, MEIKO

And of course I have my own :utau:, Hana

How do you pronounce your name? — "li" as in "tulip", plus a silent E. /ˈlɪstɹiəl/ if you want to go IPA about it.

Do you have the friend whom you show all of your WIPs to with an alarming amount of openness, banking on the idea that they have no connections with or interest in the community/audience this work is for and thus have no motivation to leak it

One thing I often find myself explaining to others is that the ratio of what's popular (characters, individual works/aspects) among a work's "consumer" fanbase is not always the same ratio of what's popular among its fanwork creators.

I've seen games that sell badly among their respective series but get an incredible amount of representation in doujinshi, or conversely, things that are popular among the fanbase mainstream but don't tend to get a lot of fanwork...

Do you spend an inordinate amount of time making sure your PIT value goes back to 0 after the bend, or are you terrifyingly brave?

Confession: I don't own a V2. Somehow I've gotten to this point owning a Vocaloid made for every version of its engine *except* V2, which is immensely ironic considering that my entry into this whole thing was the V2 era...

You probably know this already if you follow me, but really, my fellow vocalsynth creators out there are really fabulous, amazing, hardworking people. Seriously.

The problem is that all the styles I'm experimenting with now haven't really been going as fantastically as I'd like, and when I do try to fall back on my old style that I'm more comfortable with, it's not really very satisfying, so it's a bit of a Catch-22 here.
Currently, though, my goal is to get *something* finished by the end of the year, so let's hope for the best. I'm sorry to anyone who might have been hoping for more from me this year ^^

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An update on my current music-making status: Right now I'm working with a few other people on collabs, and we're expecting a @Myriad-related announcement by the end of the year (very exciting!).

As for current solo work, this is where I have to confess that I've still got writer's block. I think I've pinpointed the source of it, though: I've pretty much exhausted all of my ideas that I can do with my current arrangement style, and I'm really trying to branch out now.

I have a strange confession and it's that whenever I listen to how a vocalist sings, I start visualizing how I'd replicate their flairs in vocalsynth pitchbend form...Am I the only one who does this?

I am about to replace the last part of my computer that still remained from its original build in 2014 (the GPU), leading to a Ship of Theseus problem in which I can no longer claim this is the computer I built six years ago...

Does anyone else have a problem where it's hard to compose anything before 6 PM, or is it just me?

Happy 13th, Miku!
(She's too old to eat off the kids' menu now 🤭)

I'm coming out of my hole to say: happy (upcoming) birthday to our lady and savior Hatsune Miku, may she live forever

Thing I do in the background that I didn't realize was probably not obvious: I have to use different English and Japanese fonts in the same video and carefully align them to look like the same font, because most Japanese fonts don't have good Roman character kerning.

A lot of people have been doing casual/non-purposed/AMA-style livestreams lately...I feel like it would be fun, but would anyone be interested? 💦

Vocaloid (UTAU especially) is probably unusual in that it lowers the music making entry gate significantly for beginners, so even high schoolers can try it out, but in actuality, normally it's much more intimidating and expensive. Even to maintain this as a hobby requires money and time investment that's inevitably more accessible as an adult. Moreover, I imagine few (if any) are making their music "for kids" and in fact most would be dismayed to see their work perceived as having an age limit.

If you ever get the urge to ask someone "why don't you own [vocalsynth product]", the correct answer is "pay me and we'll see".

I think we should make a vocalsynth webring. Like, just go full 2000s and properly introduce Miku to early 2000s webpages. Make a shrine to your favorite character with a hit counter and one of those "web clap" thingies.

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A Mastodon instance specializing in Vocaloid, UTAU, and anything relevant to vocalsynth culture.